Epson SureLab D860 - Dry-film Minilab

SureLab D860 - Dry-film Minilab

The Epson® SureLab series is a versatile range of commercial photo printers. Designed for fast and cost-effective production, they suit a wide range of applications including studio and event photography, in-house ID and brochure production, in-store kiosk and print-for-pay operation. They can produce a wide range of material including consumer and professional photo images, business cards, greeting cards, invitations, awards, menus, order forms, cards, and calendars. Unlike traditional Silver Halide 'wet-lab' technology, they require minimal space, consume very little power, and employ no chemicals. SureLab printers are simple to install, easy to operate, and require minimal maintenance. Unlike competing Thermal Dye Sublimation technology, they are inexpensive to run, easy to load, and provide high durability. Print quality is exceptional and the output format can be adjusted ‘on-the-fly’.

The SL-D860 Dry-film Minilab is designed for low-medium volume production. It can be operated as a stand-alone machine or in multiples for saleable production. It incorporates a high precision Epson Micro Piezo Thin Film Print (TFP) head that enables accurate and consistent output in resolutions up to 1440 x 720 dpi. It features an upgraded 6-colour ink set that is applied using Variable Sized Droplet Technology (VSDT), for outstanding image quality with an enhanced gamut and dMax. Staying true to the SureLab series, the D860 is compact, relatively light, and requires minimal operational space. It can produce up to 545 prints per hour using cost-effective, roll-based media that comes in sizes ranging between 3.5" to A4, with a variety of surface finishes. The printer ships with a powerful Windows® and Macintosh® driver to enable operation with standard photo and graphic software. It can also be used with optional Order Controller software to provide a full production system complete with costing, image editing, job scheduling, and load balancing.

  • High Productivity – up to 360 6” x 4” prints per hour in production mode
  • High Precision – Epson Micro Piezo TFP for predictable and consistent output in resolutions up to 1440x720dpi with VSDT for with superior half tones, precise colour & density control
  • High Quality – Epson UltraChrome D6r-S ink with a media output heater for prints that exit dry with high depth, vibrant colour, and a durable finish
  • High Flexibility – choice of Gloss, Lustre and Matte media in widths from 3.5” to A4, print with and without borders in lengths from 50mm to 1m, new Event Mode enables rapid startup & production1
  • Easy to Operate – simple to use with minimal maintenance, front-loaded consumables with no special handling processes, integrated auto-cutter, see-through front mounted paper cut waste bin, 65m roll based media with easy loading and unloading, print direct from common photo applications or use optional Epson Order Controller software for easy production with job costing, image editing, job scheduling and load balancing2
  • Easy to Integrate – direct PC connection via high speed USB2.0, ultra-compact and light-weight, can be operated on a desk or installed in a Kiosk cabinet2, very low power consumption, supplied with an advanced Windows & Macintosh driver with integrated colour control and maintenance support
  • High Durability – 200,000 print duty cycle backed with a comprehensive service cover that can be extended up to 5 years4

Quality Results at High Speed

The SureLab range has been designed to facilitate high-speed photo production with superior image quality and control. Printers feature a solid construction, with a convenient roll-based media supply and a fast print engine. When used as intended, they provide durable operation without the cost or inconvenience of periodic maintenance from a specialist. All models incorporate Epson's patented Thin Film Print (TFP) heads with self-monitoring micro-fine nozzles that enable high resolution output with consistent and predictable performance. Integrated Variable-size Droplet Technology provides enhanced clarity and half-tone performance with fine image control. Prints are more consistent and feature superior resolution, colour, intensity and gloss levels over alternative technologies such as Thermal Dye Sublimation and Silver Halide.

Epson UltraChrome D6r-S ink was developed specially for the D860. It features an advanced dye-based formulation with an enhanced Gamut and DMax to enable imaging with superior colour and brightness. Image quality is outstanding and prints feature high durability with good light and ozone stability. A media output heater ensures that prints exit dry with a high gloss finish that is resistant to damage through rubbing and moisture exposure.


Maximising Business Potential

The SureLab range has been designed to provide maximum production flexibility. They can be used to print standard commercial grade photos in a wide range of sizes, with or without borders. They can also be used to print ID and passport photos. They can even be used to produce premium grade portrait prints, as well as specialist banner and panoramic artwork.

SureLab printers will accept files from many of the common photo editing, graphic design and imaging applications. With appropriate software it is possible to produce a wide range of material including calendars and awards, invite and name cards, product fliers and restaurant menus, and celebratory and event notices. Epson SureLab Paper has been designed to ensure premium quality results. It can be ordered in a choice of Gloss, Lustre, and Matte varieties, in a range of widths to suit different applications, including A4. The D860 includes additional 3.5" media support for production of ultra-small items including passport photos, business cards, and gift tags.


Easy Installation with Flexible Configuration

The SureLab range has been designed for simple and easy installation. Unlike competing commercial photo equipment they need minimal operational space, connect to a standard power supply, and do not require special ventilation. They generate minimal noise and can be operated in a wide range of business environments. The D860 supports stand-alone PC operation and connects via a high speed USB 2.0 interface. Multiple SureLabs can be combined for scalability and optionally augmented with additional Epson Large Format photo printers for an integrated production platform covering everything from passport photos up to large canvas prints.

All consumables on the D860 are cartridge based and loaded from the front. It uses inexpensive ink and has a front mounted paper cut waste bin that is simple and easy to empty. The printer features a light and compact design that is small enough for transport to events and has reduced power requirements for operation on cruise ships and in mobile / temporary locations. The printer can be operated on a desk or mounted in a kiosk enclosure2.


Easy Operation with Low Maintenance

SureLab printers have been designed to enable easy, low-cost production. All models feature front loaded consumables and use roll media with spindle loading. The D860 ships with one spindle and additional spindles can be ordered separately for simplified media storage with rapid exchange. It has an optional output tray that is adjustable to suit prints with lengths from 5 to 30cm.

SureLab printers are quick to start up and simple to shut down. They require minimum power when operating and have automatic power saving when idle. Unlike traditional commercial photo equipment, they do not require expensive periodic servicing from specialists. Maintenance is simple and can all be done by the operator with easy-to-follow instructions that are presented on-screen. Printers require minimal training to operate and can be driven with a wide range of common workflow, graphic design and photo applications. The D860 ships with a powerful Mac/Windows driver that includes an adjustable colour space for precision premium work.

The D860 can also be driven with optional Epson Order Control software. The software features a simple and functional interface that provides facilities for image upload, editing, job costing, production scheduling and control. When operated with multiple SureLab printers it can be configured to split and balance job loads3. Adjusted images can be saved as a file or output to an optional Epson CD/DVD duplicator. The licensing is site-based, with a single copy able to support multiple SureLab printers. The software can even be used to drive a range of Epson Large Format printers to enable a full production environment for photos, posters and canvas work3.

SureLab printers are designed to provide consistent and reliable performance. They are backed with a comprehensive one year warranty that covers all non-consumable components including print heads. On-site repair is provided at no additional charge for equipment located within metropolitan areas. Service cover can be extended up to a total of 5 years with addition of one or more CoverPlus Packs (purchasable with the printer or separately)4

1 Operation in Event Mode shortens the print process. It should only be used for single print production and images should be handled carefully after they exit the machine as they will require a small amount of additional time to dry.

2 Although the D860 consumes less power and produces less heat than competing product, a fan may be required when installed in an enclosure.

3 Epson Order Control Software supports all SureLab models and a wide range of Epson Stylus Pro and SureColor printers (max 44” wide). It can be configured to automatically direct prints of a given size to a particular printer. Job splitting and balancing is only supported on SureLab models and requires all machines to be the same type/model. It does not the support Macintosh operating system.

4 Printers are provided with a 1 year warranty. Cover can be extended up to a maximum total of 5 years through purchase of an optional CoverPlus Pack either at the time of initial printer purchase or within 365 days. Cover on options is 90 days unless purchased together with a printer in which case cover is extended to match the printer. Service will be provided free on-site for equipment located in nominated Australian locations (outside these locations on-site service can still be provided subject to imposition of a travelling/ remote service charge). Reliable and consistent performance requires that SureLab printers be installed correctly, be operated in an appropriate environment, have user maintenance performed on a regular basis (as directed by the machine &/or in the user manual), and be used with correct and genuine Epson consumables including ink, media, ribbons, and maintenance items (see the consumables tab on this web site for details). Any failure to follow these conditions may result in CoverPlus &/or Warranty being invalidated.  Customers are recommended to additionally review the Epson Australia SureLab Warranty statement for details regarding on-site service locations, and for a full list of terms and conditions prior to purchase.